When the Bishop Speaks,
On politics: "It's a difficult dilemma for me when it comes to politics
because some politicians who embrace my concernspro-life and other issuesseem
to have great compassion passion for unborn children and no interest in
feeding them after they're born. If I line up with people who are interested
in feeding people in need and who attack racism and discrimination, then
they often also support abortion, homosexuality and other things I see
On Bible teachers who influenced him: "Most of the great writers
I enjoy are deceased; some are still living. Kevin Conner is very insightful.
So is Arthur Pink. But I try not to allow the greater part of my ministry
to be birthed out of the revelation of other men. My favorite book to read
for insight is the Bible."
On what his wife, Serita, means to his ministry: "On a technical
level, she puts the nuts and bolts together in terms of dealing with the
benefits [and other details] for the staff of our ministry. But that is
shaded in comparison to what she has brilliantly displayed in my personal
life, which is being a woman able to release her husband to minister to
the nation, to share me as a gift to the body of Christ."
On his ministry's increasing popularity: "It has more to do with
God's timing and His purpose for my life than my gifts or abilities. When
you flow into God's purpose and His timing for you, He can take somebody
who has less ability and use them to extreme capacity, just because they
were willing to be available." On his hope for the church: "As we
come into healing and restoration, I would like to see the church rise
up undaunted and be an uncompromising church in terms of our loyalty and
our covenant with one another."
On why he empathizes with the hurting: "My pain has been very
diverse. Everything from racism to poverty to brokenness, along with the
struggle of day-to-dayliving. But I do not think my plight has been worse
than anyone else's." On how pain shaped him: "I found out the
things that hurt us the most can become the fuel and the catalyst that
propel us toward our destiny. It will either make you bitter or it will
make you better. I wanted to be made better, not bitter."
On his shortcomings: I teach and confess openly that I'm just
clay like anybody else. I don't even want to be perceived as being a superhero
in the kingdom, because our only hero is Christ. I am not Him, by any stretch
of the imagination." On his popularity: "My struggle has been
the scheduling, stress, busyness, weariness the loss of normalcy and privacy.
Sometimes the crowds are over whelming. Those kinds of things have been
perplexing for a country boy from West Virginia to deal with."
On the success of Promise Keepers: "I believe in what Bill McCartney
is doing. I believe he's making a major contribution to the body of Christ,
and I'm proud to be part of it. He has flung high the welcome mat to all
races to be part of the worship experience. He's done many, many things
to make inroads into the community."
On his acceptance in the evangelical community: "I've only had
one or two experiences where people had a problem accepting my diversity,
either racially or doctrinally. For some reason, God's just given me the
grace to be able to sit on many different platforms."
On women as pastors: "I try to avoid setting myself up as a judge
to tell any body what God did or did not call them to do. There are many
women who are celebrated as ministers: Marilyn Hickey, Joyce Meyer, Jackie
McCullough, Dr. Iona Locke, Ernestine Reems and Iverna Tompkins. Many women
are making a contribution to the body of Christ."
On media criticism of his lifestyle, including his fashionable home
and Mercedes Benz: "I saw no need to hide the fact that
God blessed me as a business person, investor and author. The reality is
that Christianity has a stigma in our society of being impoverished. It's
called the poor man's religion. Any time we become very, very successful,
they discredit us."
On why prosperity is important: "In a time when we're saying
to African American menand men in general to take care of your children,
we ought to celebrate any man who has found a gift that blessed him to
be financially secure and in addition, is a minister. I don't see that
as a minus."
On his favorite musicians: " Shirley Caesar is one of my all-time
favorites; plus Donnie McClurkin, and Gary Oliver.